Vancouver's oldest tourist attraction, originally built in 1889, stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. Since then much has been added to the twenty-seven acre park. Of the many things to do, Treetops Adventure is the park's newest attraction - seven suspension bridges through the magnificent Douglas fir trees taking you up to 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor. An innovative compression system safely secures each tree's observation platform using only 20 pounds of force per square inch, approximately the amount of pressure exerted by pressing your thumb firmly on a tabletop.
Well the suspension bridge has to be the most overhyped tourist attraction in Canada, and quite a let down.
CAD$27 inc GST to get in, plus the $3 car park fee, and all u get is to walk over a rickety bridge (which apparantly holds 2 Boeing 747s!) which actually isnt even that high, only to get over the other side to find nothing but a few boardwalks and kids games.
Definately a good attraction for kids as there is face painting and people dressed up as you enter the attraction.
But it has to be done, if only for the tannoys "DO NOT SWAY THE BRIDGE!"
I personally wouldn't recomend this...expensive tourist trap! Got to Lynn Canyon instead..it's free and less crowded with tourists! Plus the trails are fantastic!
Apart from the bridge (check the travelodge on it), you can have a walk along the top of the trees. There are also totems and a beautiful river: Capilano river. For pics of the bridge itself, go to my Travelogue on Capilano Suspension Bridge: The bridge.
Really tall trees and swaying bridges with people holding on for dear life makes this an exciting place to go to. Well, the bridge isnt really that bad... one can easily walk and even do a fast paced walk unless you are someone really afraid of heights. But the view makes you forget that you're above 200 feet or so from the ground and you find yourself in awe of the nature that surrounds you.
The bridge was originally built in 1889 and it stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above Capilano River. After crossing the bridge you can embark on the treetops adventure which comprises of 7 suspension bridges that allows you to weave through the evergreens taking you up to 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor. Nature guides are available or you can explore on your own and just pay attention to the signs that will give you info on your surroundings. Looking up at those trees all day can be challenging to a person's neck.. but the vastness of these trees makes you appreciate how grand they really are.. makes you want to protect our environment all the more.
If you don't suffer a fear of heights, however, this may just tickle your fancy. The Rough Guide seemed to pour scorn on Capilano Suspension bridge in leafy North Vancouver, but I really enjoyed my late afternoon visit there and was glad that I decided to ignore the guide book's usually sage advice!
It is expensive to do this sight (C$19.95 +tax) and I got in as a student with my HI Card! The views of the suspension bridge 'hanging' above a river gorge, seemingly strung between pine trees either side, are fantastic. Less fantastic are the idiots who try to sway the bridge as people cross, despite the infrequent reminders over the loud haler of the 'bridge guard' sitting like a beach guard in a little tower at one end. Good views of the bridge can be gained from either side of the canyon.
The other strangely compelling attraction here is the tree-top walkway, though you're not actually at tree top level, and it seems a little on the gimmicky side.
What I did enjoy was leaving the masses behind and taking the trail called the Cliffhanger Walk. From the observation deck at the far end of this trail you can get a good view of the suspension bridge from below.
I somehow deleted all my digital pictures that I took here... the first time I've ever done that. So, when I get around to scanning one of the few film pictures I took, I'll add it to this page.
Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge which is 450 long and 230 feet high above the Capilano River.
As a bonus, the Capilano Tree canopy walkway is a unique way to see the rain forest where you can walk among the big cedar trees, high above the forest floor. A great time.
Soaking up the scenery which is so diverse from huge & loud waterfalls to silent and soft rain forest is a real Pacific Northwest experience.
Not really sure if i enjoyed this place. The weather wasn't great so maybe that had something to do with it. I think i was expecting a bit more from this place. We had done everything in less than 2 hours and really didn't think the things we had done was anything special. Yes the bridge is nice and the view of the river is nice too but that is it. Too many people crossing so you are bouncing up and down. The Treetops walk is really boring to be honest as you get a birds eye view of the tree in front of you and nothing else.
This is something that people do just so they can say they have been there, nothing else.
If you want to go for a walk through a wooded area with a river and suspension bridge go to Lynn Canyon, and it is FREE unlike here.
I love this place! It has gorgeous views of Capilano River and a vast amount of plant life...and pretty huge trees! The suspension bridge was very cool to cross and look down to the river from but I think my favorite part was the "Treetop Adventure". This is many suspension bridges connecting trees tops of some of the largest trees in the forest area.
There are also lakes and ponds and historical sites along the way. We went today (May 6th) and it wasn't crowded at all but I can see how it would be overrun with people during the festival on Canada Day....not sure I'd want to be there then.
Most Vancouver residents stick Capilano suspension bridge in the rip off section and so would I if I had gone with my wife. However I was left in charge of my 9 year old nephew and we had a blast. This place is great for kids wiht plenty to keep them amused. Yes we've been to Lynn Valley but for kids I felt there was much more here to keep them stimulated. Its expensive so limit the number of adults that accompany the young ones to keep costs down. If you're a BC resident one visit get you free visits for the remainder of the year. Don't forget the rainy day discount and the BC and Washington resident discount.
This park is a lot of fun if you're willing to act like a kid again. They give you this passport sort of thing and as you visit the park, you get to stamp it and the final stamp is found in the gift shop and it claims I MADE IT!
We went pretty early when there wasn't a lot of people and I'm pretty sure it's more interesting that way.
We went during the holidays and saw the canyon lights. It was soo cool. There were christmas lights everywhere. the bridge was lit up and it was long! crazy... how something like that can scare you... but it's something to do at least once!
We visited on a rainy saturday and still came out satisfied. Parking is $3 for 3 hours, I think, but you can only buy in increments of 3 hours. Cross the bridge and look to the right-you'll see a gorgeous waterfall and below you is an impressive canyon with a surging river. The treetops adventure is sometime to see, travel at several hundred feet above the forest floor. Such a wonderful place to take your kids to learn about temperate rain forests. Great photo ops too! You can see places where the salmon try to swim upstream too.
Be sure to check the website for a $1 off coupon
North of the city is the tourist destination of the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The bridge itself is supported by metal cables (the old wood one burned down over a century ago.) Once you get across the bridge, you can take a few short hikes in the woods. This destination is a little pricey (about $15 for an adult), and you should be able to see it all in under two hours. Get there early to avoid the crowds who want to pose crossing the bridge.
The drive is just across the Lions Gate Bridge and is fun to see but be warned the price is not cheap. Once in the park you can stay as long as you like and the atmosphere can be relaxing.... If you suffer from vertigo the bridge crossing might be a tough one